Franz Dessert, a soldier, and his family settled in the Volga German colony of Mariental on 19 May 1767. They are recorded there on the 1767 census in Household No. 87 along with his new wife Anna Maria (from Denmark).
The 1798 census of Mariental (Household No. Mt79) records that Christian Dessert "ran away" in 1791 and his whereabouts are unknown.
The 1767 census records that Franz Dessert came from the German village of Straubing in Bayern (Bavaria).
- Mai, Brent Alan. 1798 Census of the German Colonies along the Volga: Economy, Population, and Agriculture (Lincoln, NE: American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1999): Mt79.
- Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet, 1764-1767 Band 3 (Göttingen: Göttinger Arbeitskreis, 2005): 117.